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Australia’s #IllRideWithYou — An Advent Expression of Emmanuel
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 8:51am | Type: Blog

“If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” “If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” These words have so much depth.   When an armed man with unid ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from his church Oct. 15. Photo via Mars Hill Church / RNS ...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Cuts Ties with Anti-Abortion Crusader Frank Pavone
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

intends to do now. In a statement emailed to Religion News Service on Dec. 15, the Staten Island-based Priests for Life rebuffed Dolan’s criticisms, contending that the group has had “clean” audits for 15 ...

Australians Suggest Celibacy Played a Role in Clergy Abuse Scandal
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church in Australia acknowledged that “obligatory celibacy” may have contributed to decades of clerical sexual abuse of children in what may be the first such admission by church officials a ...

Bright Morning Star A-Rising
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

ambiguously, “Let it be so now, for it is proper in this way to fulfill all righteousness” (Mathew 3:15). Luke ... news; Jesus announces the arrival of God’s reign on earth (Mark 1:15). But this also demands repentance ...

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 1:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ.  ORTHODOXY AND orthopraxy—strang ...

Public Schools Can Avoid the ‘War on Christmas’ Tussle
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 2:55pm | Type: Blog

What we certainly do not need is a purity police criticizing efforts to respect and negotiate religious diversity in the public schools by fabricating baseless charges of a War on Christmas. ...

Supreme Court Seems Increasingly Wary on Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 2:59pm | Type: Blog

Now, on top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and attorneys’ mistakes, the court must decide in Panetti’s case whether mental illness should be another reason to keep prisoners alive. ...

Austrian Bill Would Ban Foreign Funding for Mosques
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s plans to amend the country’s century-old law on Islam. Austria’s Muslim community is incensed over the government’s p ...

Pope Francis Laments 'Market Priorities' in Struggle Against Hunger
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

“It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by ‘market priorities,’” the pope said. Market speculation and pursuit of profits are hin ...

Brittany Maynard Advocates from the Grave
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

In the video, Maynard concludes: “If there’s one message to come away from everything that I’ve been through, it is no matter what life kind of presents you with, is never be afraid to use your own voice. And ...

Welton Gaddy Retires from Interfaith Alliance
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

“A lot of the people in Washington who talk about religion don’t understand religion; it’s more of a subject of theoretical discussion,” said Gaddy, 73, in an interview in his small office near Georgetown. “An ...

Justice … not ‘Just Us’
Originally Posted: 11/14/2014 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

that if companies like Wal-Mart are forced to give employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour, it will force ...

Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peter’s Square
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:25pm | Type: Blog

In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor — and upend the expectations of the papacy — Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peter’s Square. ...

Hashtag Activists Battle Online Anti-Muslim Speech, but #DoesItWork?
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“Not a lot of Americans know Muslims as friends and neighbors, so their understanding of Islam and Muslims is shaped by negative views. That gives a very distorted impression,” Perez said. “To help people have ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 126:5 Isaiah 40:1-11 Lamentations 1:17 Ro ...

All in the Family
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 3:54pm | Type: Preaching the Word

2013, the number of children in state care was 13,500. That number has since swelled to 15 ...

Catholic Bishops Call for Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 4:27pm | Type: Blog

“We are not guided by the latest headlines but by the human tragedies that we see every day in our parishes and programs, where families are torn apart by enforcement actions especially,” said Seattle Auxiliar ...

VIDEO: Not in Our Name
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video giving voice to the misunderstood in the Muslim community.  When facing a new threat, it ...

VIDEO: Requiem for Mike Brown
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:11pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors A video on the audience reaction of protestors at the St. Louis Symphony.  Rather than taking to ...

STORYMAP: 5 Game-Changing Aid Groups
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 3:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Barnett A map depicting five quality aid groups nationally and abroad.  “We volunteer and donate our ti ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/10/2014 - 10:16am | Type: Press

November 7, 2014 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

December 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:48pm | Type: Product

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A Call to Transform Politics
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 1:57pm | Type: Press

November 5, 2014 Sojo in the News Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

Looking for God on Election Day
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 12:54pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes when I read the vitriol from either side, I find myself empathizing with the 78 percent of my age group who didn't bother to vote on Tuesday. I think many of us just end up feeling disgusted wit ...

Election 2014: Here's What You Missed
Originally Posted: 11/06/2014 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The campaign wasn’t about the most important issues facing the country. Here’s what we should be talking about. In Tuesday’s elections, most voters didn’t see their candidates as ...

Conservative Christians Packed an Electoral Punch, but Can They Do It Again in 2016?
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 4:44pm | Type: Blog

of millennials identify as white, evangelical Protestants, compared to 15 percent of those 30 to 49, and 23 ...

Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 3:04pm | Type: Campaign

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November 2014 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 2:32pm | Type: Product

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Wheaton College Tackles the Death Penalty with Jesus in Mind
Originally Posted: 11/05/2014 - 1:41pm | Type: Blog

I guarantee you the panel this week at Wheaton will have Jesus at the center. And this forum is encouraging because it points beyond itself — to an evangelicalism that looks more like Jesus than the evangelica ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Advent is a time to answer the question, "Which side are you on?"  WHEN JOHANNES ...

How To Overcome Evil
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis We cannot undermine or defeat a group that we do not understand.  LIKE MUCH OF the world, I’ve bee ...

Jim Wallis: Want to change America? Then change Huntsville, change Alabama
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:35am | Type: Press

November 3, 2014 Sojo in the News Kay Campbell ...

Brittany Maynard, Face of Right-to-Die Movement, Died as She Planned
Originally Posted: 11/03/2014 - 9:26am | Type: Blog

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old suffering with an aggressive brain tumor, died Nov. 1— as she said she would. Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old suffering with an aggressive brai ...

Houston Withdraws Pastors’ Subpoenas
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people. The mayor of Houston on ...

What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

I believe that Nelson Mandela was the greatest political leader of the 20th century — because of his 27 years of spiritual formation in prison. Visiting Mandela’s jail cell on Robben Island was the most emotio ...

America Isn’t a ‘Christian Nation,’ and Never Has Been
Originally Posted: 10/29/2014 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

The United States isn’t a Christian nation. It never has been. And if people insist that their religious views should be normative for all citizens, they are perverting what Jesus said and did. ...

Is California Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions?
Originally Posted: 10/24/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

Religious groups are battling the state of California over whether employee health insurance plans require them to pay for abortions and some forms of contraception that some find immoral. So is the state forcing churches to pay for abortions? It dep ...

My Cause Is Better than Your Cause
Originally Posted: 10/21/2014 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

When we talk to each other, we grow more room for more solutions and more justice. This is the opposite of the scarcity mindset; it is the resolute belief that collaboration multiplies resources available to m ...

Elevating the Issues: Gun Violence
Originally Posted: 10/23/2014 - 1:35pm | Type: Product

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STORY MAP: The Great Divide
Originally Posted: 11/04/2014 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A map depicting the lives lost at the hands of police brutality.  How many times can history rep ...

INFOGRAPHIC: The Voter Suppression Guide
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An infographic on voter suppression.  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 22 states hav ...

The Valley of Lament
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Sharon Harper Many of us are more comfortable on the plateau of rage or the plain of apathy.  WE HAVE AM ...

The Self-Destruction of Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Beau Underwood Churches—like everybody else—needs accountability.  OUTSIDE OF BUSINESS circles, accountabilit ...

Finding Hope in South Africa
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa.  SOUTH AFR ...

How to Suppress the Vote
Originally Posted: 10/30/2014 - 11:39am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Smietana Why powerful people are working to curtail voting rights in America (for certain people, that is).  ...

November 2014
Originally Posted: 10/15/2014 - 8:37am | Type: Magazine Issue

November, 2014 How to Suppress the Vote: Millions of American will line up to vote in the midterm elections. Many of them will be turned a ...

Following Evangelicals, Traditional Catholics Create a Health Insurance Alternative
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

If you are a Christian who doesn’t smoke, abstains from sex outside your heterosexual marriage and can get your priest to vouch that you go to church at least three times a month, you may qualify for a new Cat ...

Pope Francis Wanted Open Debate. With Clashing Cardinals, He’s Got It
Originally Posted: 10/02/2014 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

Leading up to a Vatican summit on family life that Pope Francis opens on Oct. 5, high-ranking churchmen have fiercely debated church teaching — and criticized each other — in sharp exchanges that offer a rings ...